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Waltz Wins WGA Award for Documentary

WALTZ WITH BASHIR won the Writers Guild Award for Documentary Screenplay. Ari Folman's film is also up for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, not qualifying for the Oscar for best doc.

The winners were announced at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

MILK won for Original Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features) and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE won for Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures).

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Benjamin Button Wins VFX BAFTA Award


The 2009 BAFTA Film Awards were held on February 8 at London's Royal Opera House.

WALL-E beat out PERSEPOLIS and WALTZ WITH BASHIR for the BAFTA award for Animated Film.

The Pixar film lost out to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE in the Music and Sound categories.

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American Society of Cinematographers Open House

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will host their annual open house on Saturday, February 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mole Richardson (925 North La Brea Avenue, Hollywood). The open house is held in conjunction with the ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration on February 15, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

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Folman Wins DGA Award for Waltz

Ari Folman, writer and director of animated documentary WALTZ WITH BASHIR, got his first Directors Guild of America Award, presented Saturday, for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.

WALTZ WITH BASHIR was shut out of the Annie Awards on Friday, but is nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

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Animated Short Undone Gets Slamdance Award

The 15th annual Slamdance Film Festival has announced 16 film and screenplay prize winners in four categories who will share more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, including UNDONE for the Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short.

The just-concluded Festival in Park City, Utah, received over 3,000 submissions from 25 countries for 120 programming slots. 2009 marked the 15th anniversary of the Slamdance Film Festival, one of the few remaining movie showcases whose sole mission is to nurture, support and introduce truly independent works from first-time filmmakers.

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The Dark Knight Returns to the Big Screen on January 23

Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing THE DARK KNIGHT back for a return engagement in IMAX and conventional theaters on January 23, 2009, giving audiences one more chance to see the film on the big screen. The film will re-open nationwide in 500 screens, 143 of them IMAX.

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Folman Scores DGA Nomination for Waltz

Ari Folman, writer and director of animated documentary WALTZ WITH BASHIR, got his first Directors Guild of America Award nomination, announced Friday, for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.

Winners will be announced January 31 at the 61st annual DGA Awards dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel.

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Academy to Honor Ed Catmull with Gordon E. Sawyer Oscar

Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry.

The award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented to Catmull at the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentations on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at the Beverly Wilshire.

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Waltzing Away with NSFC Best Picture Prize

U.S. movie critics say the animated documentary WALTZ WITH BASHIR was the best film of 2008, giving it a National Society of Film Critics award.

The LOS ANGELES TIMES reported Sunday the movie from Ari Folman details the Israeli director's struggles with repressed memories that date back to his experience in the 1982 Lebanon War.

The doc beat out HAPPY-GO-LUCKY and WALL-E, among others.

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Encounters 08 Awards Announced

The Encounters Short Film Festival announced Saturday the winners of its 14th annual international competition to find the world's best new live action or animated films of under 30 minutes length.

At a gala ceremony -- held before a capacity audience -- the five-month long judging process, with the submission of 1,183 entries from 63 countries, reached its finale with presentations of the festival's principal prizes.

International Jury Award, for the best entry overall


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Bitfilm Collection Now Available For Download

Bitfilm has released the first issue of its new BITFILM COLLECTION. It contains 12 groundbreaking digital animations, voted on the first ranks by the international audience of the Bitfilm Festival -- including all six winners of the Bitfilm Awards. Once a month, the digital film experts will select 12 films that they consider state of the art of digital animation.

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Tippett To Receive VES George Melies Award For Artistic Excellence

Founder of Tippett Studio and two-time Academy Award and Emmy winner, Phil Tippett, has been selected by the VES Board of Directors as the recipient of the George Melies Award for Artistic Excellence. The award will be presented at the seventh annual VES Awards, which will be held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday, February 21, 2009.

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Ray Feeney Receives VES 2008 Founders Award

President and founder of RFX Inc., Ray Feeney has been selected by the VES Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2008 VES Founders Award. The award will be presented at the VES Annual Membership Meeting in September.

Feeney is a founding member and former Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Visual Effects Society. In addition, he has received multiple Academy Awards as well as the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation and most recently, the Academy honored Ray Feeney with the 2007 Gordon E. Sawyer Oscar.

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Image Metrics Wins Develop Award

Image Metrics, developer of performance-driven computer generated (CG) facial animation in video games and film, has won a Develop Award for Technical Achievement for its work on Rockstar Games' groundbreaking GRAND THEFT AUTO IV video game released in April.

Image Metrics developed facial animation for more than 80 characters in the cut scenes of the title. Natural Motion was also named as a co-recipient of the award.

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Winsor McCay Award Recipients Announced At Comic Con

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced its 2008 Winsor McCay Award recipients during a private reception Friday, July 25, at the Gaslight Marriott during Comic Con. This year's Winsor McCay recipients are: Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park. Award recipients will claim their trophies at the 36th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Friday, January 30, 2009, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.

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Linda Joy Media Arts Awards

Linda Joy Media Arts AwardsDeadline: August 29, 2008

Atlantic filmmakers, animators and media artists are reminded the 2008 Joy Awards deadline is approaching. The deadline for applications is August 29, 2008 at 5 p.m. Application forms and details are available at

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Enchanted, Lost Win Big At Saturn Awards

Disney's ENCHANTED proved magical at the 34th Annual Saturn Awards on Tuesday by receiving three Saturn Awards including Best Picture (fantasy), and Best Actress (Amy Adams).

Television honors were dominated by the ABC television series, LOST, which walked away with four awards, including Best Network Television Series and Best Actor (Matthew Fox). SWEENEY TODD, RATATOUILLE, and 300 each received two Saturn Awards.

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Freddie Winners Announced

Channel Frederator, the largest Internet cartoon network in the world and one of the founding networks of Next New Networks, today announced the winners of the Channel Frederator Awards, recognizing extraordinary talents in animation and the Internet.

The Second Annual Channel Frederator Awards is available to watch online at

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15th Stuttgart Festival Of Animated Film '08 Awards

The 15th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film has just taken place over six exciting days from May 1-6, showing wonderfully varied animation films and programs to a highly appreciative audience. As the second largest international animation festival, and this year screening about 500 films in total, it is also a meeting place for animation professionals from all over the world.

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News From Stuttgart -- Screenplay Award And Production Day

The nominations for the Animation Screenplay Award for Animated Film 2008 at Stuttgart have been announced. Thirty-one screenplays for animated feature-length films were submitted. The jury has nominated the following for the award:

DER GOLEM UND DIE ZWEIFACHE WELT by Dominik & Benjamin RedingProduction: Eye! Warning Film production


DOCTOR DOBLINGERS GESCHMACKVOLLER KASPERLFILM by Richard Oehmann and Josef ParzefallProduction: Stephan Schesch/AnimationX

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Escape Award Winners Announced

Anyone near the Southbank on the evening of March 27 would have noticed something special going on at Tate Modern as Lord Puttnam hosted the Escape Awards 2008 in partnership with Autodesk and AMD.

Key players from some of the biggest companies in Visual Effects, Games and Design Visualization were on hand to rub shoulders, enjoy a few cocktails and admire the stunning view.

However, there was also some serious business to be done as everybody was eager to hear who would take the top spots across the eight award categories.

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Iloura Hotshop Award Winner

Taking the Best Animation and Broadcast Design award at the 2008 Creative Hotshop Awards, post-production company iloura was chosen from a record number of finalists.

Works highlighted at the ceremony included the titles sequence for ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE (Working Title Films UK), an animation and design piece UBE SHADOW (Hakuhodo Inc) and a campaign piece for ASK: BABES WITH BLADES (Crispin Porter & Bogusky).

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Canadian Animator Potterton To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Three-time Academy Award- nominee Gerald Potterton will be awarded the Pulcinella Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 from the 12th Annual Cartoons on the Bay International Festival of Television Animation next month in Salerno, Italy.

The award, presented each year to "a prestigious personality of the world of cinema and television animation," will be given to Potterton during the awards ceremony on April 12.

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SXSW Film Festival Winners

SXSW announced the winners of the 2008 edition of the SXSW Film Festival.

In the Jury Awards:

*REEL SHORTS-- Special Jury Award: THE SECOND LINE, director: John Magary.-- Winner: (Tie) WARLORD, Director: David Garrett and SMALL APARTMENT, director: Andrew T. Betzer.

*ANIMATED SHORTS-- Special Jury Award: I HATE YOU DON'T TOUCH ME OR BAT AND HAT, director: Becky James.-- Winner: MADAME TULTI-PUTLI, directors: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski.